Most people can benefit from doing a juice fast.
Regular juice fasts keep your body in tip-top condition.
How Do You Know If You Need To Do A Juice Fast?
Here’s a little chart to show you the stage you are at with your health. Most diseases start from a simple inflammation or a discharge that you would ignore (see Stage 1 in chart below).
Then you start feeling fatigue, constipated, have a headache, or lower backache or even simple skin blemishes. These are all signs of the beginning of poor health (see Stage 2 in chart below). If at this stage, you start to realize and take action and start eating and living healthy, there might yet be hope that your problem may be reversed.
Your annual medical check may give you a clean bill of health. The common misconception is that if you were not sick enough to see a doctor then you were “healthy”. When the doctor declares that you have high-blood pressure or cholesterol, or you have asthma or worse, serious joint pains or even tumors, you would already be at Stage 3 where you chronically encounter very poor and weak health.
Not everyone feels better as a result of juice fasting, nor do they always feel better right away. But with continued and regular juice fasting, and a healthier diet and lifestyle, it will eventually make a difference to your overall energy levels.
Read about the healing process and the reactions you will go through when you go on a juice fast/feast.
To further help you decide whether a juice fast is appropriate, take a look at the list below. When you constantly experience at least five of the symptoms below, you may benefit from a good spring-cleaning of the body. Also see who should not juice fast.
- Suffer from headaches or migraine
- Feel tired, sluggish or lethargic
- Have difficulty concentrating or staying focused
- Have earache, ringing in the ears, eyes twitching
- Catch colds easily
- Have bad breath
- Have excessive mucus, tend to get stuffy nose and sinus
- Have unpleasant body odors
- Often have bloating, gas or indigestion after eating
- Have excessive flatulence
- Usually have dark circles under your eyes
- Sluggish metabolism – difficult to lose weight, or if underweight, difficult to gain weight
- Have some form of allergies
- Have eczema, acne or psoriasis
- Have constipation problem
- A smoker, an ex-smoker, or spend time regularly around other smokers
- A meat-eater
- A coffee-drinker
- Drink very little water
- Eat very little fruits and vegetables
- Tend to get bloated or puffy
What If You Don’t Want To Lose Weight?
There is no hard and fast rule. A juice cleanse is totally flexible to suit whichever stage of health you’re at. You can make it as complex or as easy to suit your lifestyle.
A juice cleanse means you drink MORE juices than usual, in order for your detox organs to rest and feed on the flood of nourishment. There must be some kind of improvement in your diet if it’s going to be meaningful for you.
If you prefer to continue eating, then do so but reduce the amount and keep in mind to eliminate processed and refined foods. Allow your body to rest and for the miracle juices to do its cleansing work with less effort/strain on the body.
If you don’t want to lose weight, do a juice FEAST. Drink more juices and eat some salads. Drink soups, have some lightly stir-fried, steamed, blanched vegetables.
If you want to, you may even like to include some “fat, healthy food” in your diet like potatoes, pumpkins, bananas, avocados and the like,. The idea is to let your body REST and HYDRATED with fresh fruits and vegetables, but NOT starving.
You MAY lose some weight but it won’t be too much compared to those who just drink juices without solids.